Dieng awaits NCAA clearance

Contrary to a 'blog' report posted Monday afternoon, Louisville freshman center Gorgui Dieng has not been deemed academically ineligible for the 2010-11 season. InsideTheVille.com spoke with Rob Fulford, Dieng's former prep school coach, and has the latest on Dieng's status.

Contrary to a 'blog' report posted Monday afternoon, Louisville freshman center Gorgui Dieng has not been deemed academically ineligible for the 2010-11 season.

The report stated that Dieng, UofL's top recruit, had not qualified to play this season for the Cardinals and was likely headed to a junior college. While the NCAA Clearinghouse still has not cleared the talented freshman to play this season, his former prep school coach, Rob Fulford, says the issue involves Dieng's first semester high school transcript from Africa.

"They've [Clearinghouse] requested it three or four different times," Fulford told InsideTheVille.com. "To my knowledge it has been sent in. Every request that they made has not been from Huntington and everything that they've requested has been that 2005-06 transcript from [his African school]. I think they're looking for his first semester transcript from over there. That's the only thing they've requested."

Fulford, who coached Dieng last season at Huntington (WV) Prep, said he hasn't seen the first semester transcript but believes it has been sent to the NCAA.


Gorgui Dieng awaits clearance from the NCAA clearinghouse.
"That's my understanding," Fulford said.

While the report stated that Dieng was likely headed to junior college, Fulford said that determination was "premature."

"To my knowledge [that's not accurate]," Fulford said. "As of this morning, Gorgui didn't know anything about it. It's still premature because of what's going on with the NCAA. If he's not cleared I'm sure Louisville will appeal it."

In the event Dieng isn't cleared to play by the NCAA, Fulford said his former star will do whatever Louisville coach Rick Pitino wants him to do.

"If he gets labeled as a non-qualifier, I'm not sure what Louisville would want to do with him," Fulford said. "Gorgui is committed to Louisville. He's going to do what Louisville wants him to do. If he has to go to junior college it will be a place that Louisville wants to put him."

Fulford lamented the NCAA's difficulty in clearing Dieng to play.

"Gorgui was a 3.0 student and passed the SAT the first time," Fulford said. "He's not the one they should be picking on. You're at the mercy of whoever in Indianapolis gets ahold of your file, which is sad."

"We obviously hope for the best because he is a good kid," Fulford said. "He's a B student, he passed the SAT barely speaking English and he's not the one the NCAA should be trying to look at."

Dieng has been attending classes at UofL since the fall semester began in August.


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